Courses: A full course load is four courses (or modules as they say in the UK) during one semester. Students may choose courses from any undergraduate department and may concentrate on one academic field or take courses from different departments. Just like at Rollins, some courses may be unavailable due to schedule conflicts, over-enrollment or prerequisites, but in general, visiting students may select from a wide range of excellent courses including courses from the following academic fields:
For a full list of academic fields and courses available, please follow this link. Students participating in this program on average take the equivalent of 16-20 credits during the semester at Lancaster. Two-hundred and three-hundred level courses at Lancaster are equivalent to upper-level courses at Rollins.
Lancaster will use the courses listed on a student application to pre-register students and/or use the courses as a guide to know what type of courses interest study abroad students. Students may alter course selections and finalize registration after arrival in Lancaster as there is a formal add/drop period during the first two weeks of the semester.
A Word About the British Educational System: The academic system in the UK is quite different than the U.S. system. There are generally fewer class, or contact, hours per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of students’ academic performance. Study in the UK requires a great degree of self-discipline in order to do self-directed study. Students are expected to be much more independent, and students entering college are already focused on a major or academic specialization. As a result, first-year or second-year courses in the UK may be appropriate for American juniors and seniors. Daily assignments in courses are rare, and students are generally expected to keep up with course work and reading without prompting. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments such as a paper and final exam. Contact with professors is more limited, and most instructors have a lecture-based teaching style.
Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from Lancaster University. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.
Faculty and Staff: All courses are taught by faculty and instructors at Lancaster University. Support and advising for international students is provided by the staff at the International Office.